Many thanks to all of the people who have helped protect us

My Father was only 15 when the VE day took place and so thankfully he never went to war, but had been born 5 years earlier things would have been very different. However in my youth I did meet many people who had been a few years older than my Dad and who had paid an enormous price to give us peace in our community. Given that 75 years ago today our Continent stopped the second of the wars which we have always referred to as World Wars, and that since then we have remained in peace with the European nations despite the occasional matters of conflict, it seems very important to pay attention to this celebration. Last night we came out of our houses along our street and so did the people from the other street that we are linked to and it was fantastic, each week more and more people have been coming outside. I know that some people don’t do so in their area and that seems rather sad. However in the light of last night it seems rather strange in the light of the last few weeks for us to have a two minute silence at 11am this morning. Perhaps we could encourage agencies like the Royal British Legion to consider a radical change from 2 minutes of silence to 2 minutes of clapping? Its just a thought. My personal views regarding the importance of the EU were based on the groups of Roman Catholic Europeans who at the end of World War 2 came together and realised that the only way for their nations to avoid a third World War would be for them to link the nations together. This is what led to the formation of the European Steel and Coal Community which was formed in 1951 at the Paris Treaty and that then developed into the European Economic Community. I hope that our departure from the EU does not make us forget what led the EEC to be formed and that we will continue to have strong links with all of the 27 EU member states so that we do not lose the prospect of European peace.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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